A volume containing Tablets revealed by Baha’u’llah.
Who was Baha’u’llah?
Mirza Husayn ‘Ali Nuri (1817–1892), known as Baha’u’llah, was the founder of the Baha’i Faith. Born in Tehran into a prominent family of court officials, he rejected the life of a courtier and instead joined the Babi movement, from which he developed his own religion. Imprisoned and exiled several times, in 1868 Baha’u’llah was exiled to Acre (then part of Ottoman Empire, now in modern-day Israel) where he spent the rest of his life.
Baha’u’llah’s letter to Queen Victoria
Between 1868 and 1870, Baha’u’llah wrote letters (‘Tablets’) to the monarchs and rulers of the world, among them Queen Victoria, announcing his mission as the founder of the Baha’i Faith. He called on them to turn to peace and reduce their armaments, thus relieving the burden of taxes imposed on their subjects. Baha’u’llah’s tablet to Queen Victoria praised her for the British system of parliamentary democracy and commended her for abolishing the slave trade: ‘We have been informed’ he wrote, ‘that you have forbidden the trading in slaves, both men and women. This truly, is what God has enjoined in this wondrous Revelation’.
This volume contains various Tablets (alwāḥ). It was lithographed probably in Bombay in 1893 from the handwriting of the famous Baha’i calligrapher Mishkīn Qalam.